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Piscataway Driver Charged in Death of Highland Park Child

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A Piscataway man who drove into and killed a 6-year-old boy, and injured the child’s mother, faces charges of aggravated assault in relation to the incident, said authorities.

The man, Shan Zhen Huang, 21, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault for striking the pair on Raritan Avenue near the Columbia Avenue intersection in Highland Park at 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 16, said police. They said Huang’s vehicle jumped a curb and struck the pair as they walked on a sidewalk.

The charges against Huang were announced today by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Highland Park Police Chief Stephen Rizco .

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The child, identified as Chaim Kraus, and his mother, whose name is being withheld, were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The boy was pronounced dead at 3:39 p.m. His mother, who is 37, remains in critical condition at the hospital, according to police sources.

Huang was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before being released to police.

An investigation by Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Officer Jose Curbelo of the Highland Park Police Department determined Huang was heading north on Raritan Avenue toward Edison, when his 2013 Lexus jumped the curb and hit the two victims.     

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300, or Officer Curbelo of the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800.

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